DBusiness Daily Update: Bloomfield Hills Gets New Pizza, Gelato, Coffee Bar — Hudson’s Place, and More

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Hudson’s Place features artisan pizzas, craft coffee drinks, and fresh-daily grab-and-go offerings ranging from sandwiches and pastas to baked goods. // Photo courtesy of Hudson’s Place

Bloomfield Hills Gets New Pizza, Gelato, Coffee Bar — Hudson’s Place 

Hudson’s Place, a pizza, gelato, and coffee bar, has opened in Bloomfield Hills at the southwest corner of Long Lake and Telegraph roads, featuring artisan pizzas, craft coffee drinks, and fresh-daily grab-and-go offerings ranging from sandwiches and pastas to baked goods.

Owned by husband-and-wife team Amanda and Tom Quni and designed by Jeremiah Armstrong and Dustin Illes of Mexico Mexico Design in Detroit, Hudson’s Place says it uses only the highest-quality ingredients, and claim the restaurant is the first in Michigan to source the imported Italian flour brand, Caputo ’00’ Artisanal line for its sourdough for its pizzas and panozzi sandwiches.

Specialty pizzas include The New Yorker (basil pomodoro, mozzarella, parmigiano, halal beef pepperoni), Spicy Soppressata (basil pomodoro, mozzarella, ‘nduja sausage, onion, chili-infused EVOO), and the Fig (mozzarella, fig, charred radicchio, gorgonzola, sun-dried tomato, spicy hon-ey). Other items include the Spicy Rigatoni Pasta, Chicken Satay (served with house-made peanut sauce), and Vegan Cocoa Protein Balls.

“From day one, we’ve been fanatical about the quality and lightness of the dough,” says Tom Quni. “Our team has been meticulously sourcing the same ingredients favored by Italy’s best pizzerias, which allows us to deliver the same quality and experience to our guests here in Bloomfield Hills.”

Seasonal summer specials include Peaches N’ Burrata, Mushroom Truffle, and Chicken Mango Habanero pizzas, as well as their Caprese Panozzi sandwich, Southwest Chicken Power Salad, and a Spicy Watermelon Feta salad. Current seasonal coffee and tea features include Frozen Matcha, Agent Latte, Hudson Palmer, and Rose Ginger Latte, with all syrups made in-house and free of artificial flavors.

Pastries, cookies, and muffins also are made in-house, while croissants are sourced daily from Cannelle.

Initial hours of operation are Tuesday-Saturday, 7 a.m.-9 p.m. and Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

For more information, visit hudsonsplacepizzeria.com.

Farm + Ferment Purchases Session Room in Ann Arbor 

The Session Room restaurant in Ann Arbor has been acquired by Farm + Ferment, a Michigan-based hospitality group that includes Arbor Brewing Co., Bigalora Wood Fired Cucina, Cloverleaf Fine Wine, Michigan Hop Alliance, and Northport Farms.

The restaurant changed over to Arbor Brewing Company Session Room on June 4, and continues to offer the same dining experience, maintains the current menu, and existing staff.

One notable change will be the addition of 15-20 Arbor Brewing Co. beers to the restaurant’s 70 tap handles, which will include year-round flagships, seasonal offerings, and small batch brews. Arbor Brewing Co. enthusiasts can expect a Mug Club to be rolled out in the near future as well as the return of a fan favorite beer, which will be announced at a later date.

“We made a promise to bring Arbor Brewing back to Ann Arbor after we regrettably had to close our original downtown Ann Arbor location during the height of the pandemic in 2020,” says Mike Collins, co-owner of Arbor Brewing Company Session Room. “While it has taken longer than we had hoped, we held out for the right opportunity and now we’re making good on that promise and can’t wait to start pouring pints again for all the Arbor Brewing Company fans in the community.

“Arbor Brewing has a storied history going back to 1995 as a pioneer in Michigan’s craft beer industry. As we look forward to our 30th anniversary next year, we are grateful to be able to continue the legacy once again in Ann Arbor.”

The Arbor Brewing Company Session Room has seating for 240 guests and a beer garden, offering year-round dining with a heated tent accommodating an additional 200 patrons.

The restaurant’s hours will remain unchanged; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; closed on Sunday and Monday. Reservations may be made via OpenTable.

For more information, visit sessionrooma2.com.

StradVision in Troy Unveils AR Collaboration with Leading Japanese OEM

StradVision, which has its North American headquarters in Troy, announced a new production award for its Augmented Reality (AR) product called Immersive.

This milestone represents a strategic collaboration with a leading Automotive Japanese Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM), ushering in a new era of technological advancement and partnership in the automotive industry.

Immersive is designed to enhance the navigation system of the Japanese OEM’s cockpit domain control for infotainment. Leveraging the power of SVNet’s Immersive technology, it will significantly improve the perception capabilities of the navigation system by offering accurate lane detection, providing detailed semantic segmentation to understand various elements on the road, and precisely identifying road edges to enhance navigation accuracy and safety. StradVision’s SVNet already has been deployed in more than 2 million units globally.

Cinnaire in Lansing Closes $175M Equity Fund

Cinnaire in Lansing announced today the closing of the Cinnaire Fund for Housing Partnership 41, a $175.4 million multi-investor Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit) fund.

The fund comprises 14 investors and will support the creation or preservation of 1,228 affordable multi-family homes across 22 properties in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin. Fund 41 is the first of three multi-investor funds planned by Cinnaire this year. To date, Cinnaire has closed more than $5 billion in tax credit funds supporting affordable housing in ten states.

Cinnaire raised $417 million in equity and closed four funds in 2023 leveraging $657 million in total development costs and supporting more than 2900 affordable homes in 10 states.

The fund’s investors include major national and regional banks, most of which are repeat investors with Cinnaire. The 22 properties in the fund will support approximately 2,825 low-income residents with 1,909 bedrooms.

Two properties representing the diverse investments of the fund include:

The Sanctuary at Brewster in Detroit, a project providing comprehensive support for youth transitioning out of the Michigan Foster Care System. The new construction property will provide 52 one-bedroom apartments with 100 percent serving households at 60 percent of the area median income. All units will be Permanent Supportive Housing supported by housing-choice vouchers from MSHDA. The project is being developed by MHT Housing and will be managed by Continental Management – two longtime partners of Cinnaire.

CC Lane Apartments in Oregon, Wisc., new construction of 70 units of affordable rental housing for families with incomes up to 30 percent, 50 percent, and 80 percent of the area median income.

Both developments are expected to be completed and available for residents in 2025.

ElectricalLicenseRenewal.com Advises on Changes for Every Michigan Electrician 

The more than 21,000 Michigan electricians who must renew their licenses have a new “Must Renew By Date.” Traditionally the date has been Dec. 31 after a code adoption, but this time things are different.

Typically, Michigan would always adopt a code on a specific date in the past, and always built its continuing education requirements around those hard adoption dates but now a lot of states have been slow on the adoption process, partially because of the pandemic and other factors, which kicks the can down the road for renewal deadlines if they hinge upon an adoption date.

So, this newly adopted 2023 NEC code throws the renewal deadline off from the norm of first of the year adoption like most of the states do. Michigan now has a slightly staggered hard renewal deadline because of this. The current code cycle is based on the 2023 National Electrical Code, which was adopted by Michigan effective March 12, 2024. The new date is March 11, 2025.

For more information, visit ElectricalLicenseRenewal.com.

Prentiss Pointe Apartments Opens Reservations for The Reserve in Harrison Township

Prentiss Pointe Apartments is taking reservations for its newest development, The Reserve at Prentiss Pointe, offering 54 brand new homes.

The new building includes leasing opportunities on spacious one- and two-bedroom homes featuring 1-bedroom/1 bath and 2-bedroom/2 bath floorplans. Units range in size from 900 to 1,250 square feet and start at $1,500 a month for one bedrooms and $1,900 for two bedrooms.

The new apartment homes emphasize modern and high-end finishes including designer kitchens with undercabinet and dimmable lighting, quartz countertops, floor to ceiling cabinetry, stainless steel farmhouse sinks complete with a swan neck faucet, and GE Energy Star stainless steel appliances.

Vinyl plank flooring is featured throughout the kitchen and dining room with stylish tile flooring in the bathroom(s). Each home also includes a full-size washer and dryer. The pet-friendly community features many other amenities including a pool, fitness center, barbeque picnic area, and secure package lockers.

An open house event is scheduled for June 12 from 5-7 p.m. Guests will enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and beverages and can tour the community. Reservations also will be taken on the new homes available to rent this August 2024.

For more information, visit prentisspointeapts.com or call 833.331.9512.

ACG Detroit to Host ‘The Anatomy of a Deal’ June 12 in Bloomfield Hills

ACG Detroit will host “The Anatomy of a Deal: Insights into the Year’s Top Deals” from 4:30-6:30 p.m. June 12 at the Bloomfield Hills Country Club (350 West Long Lake Road) in Bloomfield Hills.

Panelists will cover crucial deal considerations such as acquisition strategy, deal sourcing, exit rationale, deal timing, partner selection, and the often-forgotten key’s that lead to a successful transaction.

To purchase tickets, visit here.

Blue Cross Blue Shield Streamlines Plan for 2025 ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and Blue Care Network in Detroit are streamlining plan options to make the health care shopping experience easier to navigate for people selecting individual health plans during the upcoming 2025 ACA Marketplace open enrollment period.

Recently updated guidelines from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services for 2025 further reduced the number of non-standardized plan options that issuers of qualified health plans can offer through Marketplaces on the Federal platform. These restrictions, initially introduced in 2024, are intended to help simplify the health care shopping experience for consumers to more easily compare options and choose the plan best suited for their health care needs.

Under these guidelines, Blue Cross and BCN will close five plans while maintaining a variety of coverage options with 38 plan offerings for 2025 enrollment – four Gold, 17 Silver, 14 Bronze and three Catastrophic level offerings.

Members in closing plans will be moved to a new, similar plan within the same metal level and network. Blue Cross remains the only insurer in the state to offer a PPO plan on the exchange and provide coverage in each of Michigan’s 83 counties, as well as the sole carrier in the Upper Peninsula.

On average, Blue Cross PPO plans will see a rate increase of 7.5 percent and Blue Care Network HMO plans will see an increase of 8.9 percent. The rate adjustments result in part from higher-than-average pharmacy cost trends, specifically within specialty pharmacy, and an increase in the prescribing of new, high-cost medications, including drugs for diabetes treatment. A recent study estimates GLP-1 users in the U.S. may reach 30 million by 2030, or around nine percent of the overall population at an average cost of $1,000 to $1,500 per person, per month.

Shinola Hotel Launches Five-year Anniversary Room Experience

In celebration of its five-year anniversary milestone, the Shinola Hotel has created an exclusive room experience providing an opportunity for guests to fully immerse themselves in the world of Shinola through an elevated stay experience surrounding the values the hotel was founded on five years ago: commitment to quality experience, craftsmanship, and timeless design.

The offering includes a night in one of the hotel’s most coveted rooms, the Runwell Penthouse; a night of indulgence at Chef Andrew Carmellini San Morello, Evening Bar, or Living Room; a limited-edition Shinola Hotel 41mm Runwell watch, exclusive only to this experience, as well as one of the hotel’s Detroit robes.

For more information, visit here.

NextCycle Michigan to Host Showcase for Michigan Entrepreneurs June 12 at EMU 

Seventeen teams of entrepreneurs will be showcased in the NextCycle Michigan accelerator program’s Michigan Summer Showcase from 1-7 p.m. June 12 at the Eastern Michigan University Student Center auditorium in Ypsilanti.

Projects pitched will focus on utilizing recycled content in new products, improving recycling systems with innovative technologies, and diverting organic waste from landfills – all strengthening the circular economy in Michigan.

The keynote speaker for the event is Phil Roos, director of Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy (EGLE).

For more information, visit here.

Forgotten Harvest’s Healthy Food Healthy Kids Initiative Steps Up During Summer 

Food insecurity nonprofit Forgotten Harvest in Oak Park works to keep children nourished year-round through its Healthy Food Healthy Kids initiative comprising Youth Snack, School Pantry, and Summer Lunch.

Both Youth Snack, which provides nutritious snacks to young people in afterschool programs, and School Pantry, which hosts food pantries at schools and education-based facilities, run all year. Summer Lunch provides 100,000 meals to metro Detroit’s kids between June and August each year to replace the meals missed when school breakfast and lunch aren’t accessible.

Throughout the tri-county area of metro Detroit, more than 20 percent of all children live in households that experience food insecurity. Not having enough nutritious food to eat on a regular basis is particularly consequential for kids who are still undergoing physical and cognitive development and can face undue challenges in their health and learning abilities from a lack of food.

Some 100,000 summer lunches will be packed for metro Detroit’s children by Forgotten Harvest staff and volunteers to be distributed at 31 locations throughout the tri-county area. Many distributors run summer programming for the community’s kids and serve Forgotten Harvest Summer Lunch on-site, including tutoring programs, sports camps and 12 branches of the Detroit Public Library. About 10,000 of the lunches will be provided for metro Detroit Youth Day, a free field-day-style event on Belle Isle July 10 from 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

For those in need who aren’t frequenting summer programming, Forgotten Harvest summer lunches also are being distributed at 12 mobile pantries that serve some of the highest concentrations of children in the tri-county area: Oakland Church of Christ in Southfield, Kensington Church in Clinton Township, Woodside Bible Church in Lake Orion, Catholic Charities of Southeast Michigan – La Casa Amiga in Pontiac, St. Clemente of Romeo, Metropolitan Church of the Nazarene in Roseville, Bethesda Christian Church in Sterling Heights, Straight Gate Church in Detroit, Alternatives for Girls in Detroit, Gompers/Brightmoor Alliance in Detroit, Anne Visger Preparatory Academy in River Rouge, and Hand Up Inc. in Romulus.

Advancing Macomb Awarded $600K Grant from Wilson Foundation for Incubator Program

Advancing Macomb in Mount Clemens, a 501(c)(3) that convenes resources to solve community challenges and enrich the lives of Macomb County residents, has been granted $600,000 by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The grant, distributed over three years, will enable Advancing Macomb to establish a nonprofit incubator and significantly enhance its internal capacity.

The nonprofit incubator is designed to provide small, new, and emerging Macomb County nonprofits with the practical skills and knowledge necessary for effective operations. The six-month program will cover fiscal management, marketing, public relations, fundraising and grant writing. A pilot cohort for the program is expected to launch in late 2024 or early 2025, creating a support system to help ensure the long-term success of local nonprofits.

Advancing Macomb will partner with several outside organizations to provide the training for the program, including Nonprofit Enterprise at Work, Nonprofit Network, Michigan Nonprofit Association, and Co.act Detroit.

The grant will allow Advancing Macomb to invest in its internal infrastructure by hiring additional staff, including a program manager for the nonprofit incubator, to manage day-to-day operations. The funding will also allow Advancing Macomb to add additional revenue streams through fundraising strategy development and organizational planning and expand programming in other areas, ensuring the organization’s long-term sustainability and impact growth across Macomb County.

Detroit Opera to Perform at Anton Art Center in Mount Clemens for Juneteenth

In recognition of Juneteenth, a national holiday commemorating the emancipation of the final community of enslaved Americans in June of 1865, the Detroit Opera Touring Ensemble will perform at the Anton Art Center on June 15 from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. The center is located at 125 Macomb Place in Mount Clemens.

Event performances will include spirituals — a genre of African American Christian music which merged varied African cultural influences with the experiences of being held in bondage — as well as highlight famous arias associated with famous African American singers.

Additionally, the works of Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-George, a French violinist, conductor, composer and soldier, will be featured. Bologne was the first classical composer of African descent to attain widespread acclaim in European music in the mid to late 1700s.

Tickets are free and available online at theartcenter.org or by calling 586-469-8666.

Jewish Senior Life Introduces Five All-inclusive Summer Move-in in West Bloomfield

For the first time, older adults making the move to Jewish Senior Life of Metropolitan Detroit’s Norma Jean and Edward Meer Independent Living Apartments in West Bloomfield this summer can select among new all-inclusive move-in packages at a cost savings tailored to everyone’s unique needs and lifestyles.

On June 1, the nonprofit debuted its Live Your Way concept featuring five new resident packages that offer a variety of dining, housekeeping, laundry, and other options.

The five Jewish Senior Life “Live Your Way” summer move-in packages for new residents have varying monthly rental prices ranging from $2,400 to $4,955 based on the number of bedrooms and bathrooms, the number of individuals in the apartment, and the specific amenities selected.

All packages include gourmet, chef-prepared Kosher dinners on weekdays, 24-hour personal emergency alert system, gas, electric, water, Wi-Fi, enrichment programs, fitness classes, wellness center, transportation services, and more. Residents then have the flexibility to choose from a variety of additional amenities such as weekly personal housekeeping, laundry service, and trash removal as well as credits ranging from $150 to $300 that can be redeemed at Meer’s popular Krolik Café ,which serves homemade brunch and lunch entrees.

The Meer Apartments are located at 6760 W. Maple Road. To learn more and schedule a tour, call 248.662.1836 or visit jslmi.org.